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The 3H Fund organises and funds holidays and respite breaks for disabled people and their carers

The 3H Fund works to provide disabled people and their carers a much needed break by organising and funding holidays. Last year, they helped over 750 people to take a break from the stresses and strains of their day-to-day life.

The 3H Fund provides a range of holiday experiences, from organised group holidays for children and adults; to grants which allow families on low incomes to organise a holiday for themselves. More recently, the charity has developed a project which allows carers to take a break in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of Burrswood in Kent.

Carers carry out incredible work in looking after their loved ones. And whilst it can be a hugely rewarding experience, it can also be tough. Many carers fail to take care of their own needs, making it even harder to carry out their caring role. Carers often find it difficult to take time for themselves, but even a short break in different and pleasant surroundings can make a huge difference to their well-being.

In 2016, the Foundation donated £5,000 to help fund this new initiative, supporting carers in the vital work they do.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s grant will allow 3H Fund to provide breaks for carers, offering time for rest and relaxation in beautiful surroundings at a health and wellbeing centre on the Kent/Sussex border. The need for respite is very real and often our beneficiaries face multiple challenges in their caring role that make daily life very difficult.  One of our recent beneficiaries, Linda, cares for her husband with dementia and her aging mum, and also has her 20 year old grandson living with them who has ADHD.  Following her visit Linda said that the day was “just the tonic she needed” to help her face her own daily challenges.  Funding allows the carer to feel cared for and regain much needed perspective on life.

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